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Board of Trustees 

Mr. Carl C. Ashby. Ill 

Mr. R. Steve Bowden 

Mrs. Carole Bruce 

Ms. Kendra Hill 

Mr. Henry Isaacson 

Dr. Charles McQueary 

Dr. Alexander Spears 

Dr. Velma Speight 

Mr. Michael Suggs 

Mr. John Wooten 



Board of Governors - 
The University of North Carolina 

Benjamin S. Ruffin 

John F.A.V. Cecil 

Lois G. Britt 

Bradley T. Adcock 

G. Irvin Aldndge 

J. Addison Bell 

F. Edward Broadwell, Jr. 

William T. Brown 

Angela R. Bryant 

William L. Burns, Jr 

C Clifford Cameron 

Bert Collins 

Chauncy R. Edwards 

Ray S. Farris 

H. Frank Grainger 

James E. HolshGuser 

Peter Keber 

Teena S. Little 

Helen Rhyne Marvin 

Nicholas G. Mirisis 

Timothy Keith Moore 

Maxine H. O'Kelley 

R. V. Owens III 

Barbara S. Perry 

Patsy Perry 

D. Wayne Peterson 

Jim W. Phillips, Jr 

H. D. Reaves, Jr 

John L. Sanders 

J. Craig Souza 

Priscilla P. Taylor 

Robert F. Warwick 

J. Bradley Wilson 

Ruth Dial Woods 




Cabinet of N.C. A&T University 

Chancellor 

Dr. James C. Renick 

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (Interim) 

Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers 

Vice Chancellor for Business & Finance 

Charles Mclntyre 

Vice Chancellor for Development & University Relations 

Mr. David W. Hoard 

Vice Chancellor for Research & Sponsored Programs 

Dr. Earnestine Psalmonds 

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs 

Dr. Sullivan A. Welborne, Jr. 

Dr. Colleen P. Grotsky 

Executive Assistant 

Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Legal Counsel (Interim) 

Attorney Lesley Renwrick 



North Carolina A&T State University 
Greensboro, North Carolina 



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EDITING 

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PHOTOGRAPHERS 

Otis Hairston 

Richard Hayman 

Shahzad Jafri 

Bob Sterenberg 

Sheila Whitley 

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An aerial view of North Carolina A&T State University and its proximity to the skyline of Greensboro, NC 



Table of Contents 







4 Greetings from the Graduate Dean 

6 The Mission of the School of Graduate 
Studies 

7 The Graduate Experience — 
Expectations 

10 Graduate Programs 

14 Research and Research Centers 

19 Excellence in Teaching 

20 A Cutting-Edge Learning Environment 

21 A Tradition of Excellence 

22 Academic Resources 

25 The Graduate Admission Process 

26 Preparing the Admissions Application 
Packet 

29 Financing Graduate Education 

33 Answers to Frequently Asked 
Questions about A&T Admissions 

35 Campus Life 

38 The Visual and Performing Arts at A&T 

39 A&T and the Larger Community 






t is indeed a pleasure for 
me to bring greetings to 
all prospective graduate 
students on behalf of the 
community of scholars at 



The School of Graduate 
Studies, established by the 
North Carolina State 
Legislature in 1939, stands 
ready to facilitate your 



Greetings from the 
Graduate Dean 




Dr. Thoyd Melton, 
^ Graduate Dean 



North Carolina 
Agricultural and Technical 
State University. The 
University, established in 
1891, became a constituent 
institution of the 
University of North 
Carolina on July 1, 1972. 
North Carolina A&T 
State University is a 
public, comprehensive 
land-grant university 
committed to scholarly 
teaching, research and 
public service. University 
degree programs at the 
baccalaureate, master's and 
doctoral levels emphasize 
engineering, science, 
technology, literature and 
other selected areas. 



admission into North 
Carolina A&T State 
University's graduate 
programs. We offer 
advanced study for 
qualified individuals who 
wish to improve their 
competency for careers in 
professions related to 
agriculture, humanities, 
education, science and 
technology. The School 
of Graduate Studies also 
provides a foundation of 
knowledge and techniques 
for those who wish to 
continue their education 
in doctoral programs at 
other institutions or at 
North Carolina A&T 
State University. 



As one of North 
Carolina's three major 
centers for higher 
education in engineering, 
the University offers Ph.D. 
programs in mechanical 
engineering, electrical 
engineering, and industrial 
and systems engineering. 
In those and other fields, 
basic and applied research 
is conducted by faculty in 
university centers of 
excellence, in 
interinstitutional 
relationships, and through 
significant involvement 
with several public and 
private agencies. An 
example of a very 
successful 

interinstitutional program 
is our joint Master of 
Social Work program, 
which is administered in 
conjunction with the 
University of North 
Carolina at Greensboro. 

As prospective graduate 
students, you are about to 
make one of the most 
important choices of your 



entire life: the selection of 
a graduate program and 
field of study. I often 
address potential graduate 
students about the 
graduate enterprise, and I 
believe one of the most 
important concepts for 
beginning graduate 
students is understanding 
just what is expected of 
them during their graduate 
studies. The expectations 
at the graduate level are 
nothing like those at the 
undergraduate level. The 
better a potential graduate 
student understands the 
degree of difference 
between graduate school 
and undergraduate studies, 
the easier the transition to 
graduate studies will be. 

While an undergraduate, 
you mastered the 
fundamentals of your 
discipline and became a 
very effective "tool user." 
However, as a graduate 
student, the expectation is 
that you will progress to a 



higher level. It is 
expected that you will 
make a scholarly 
contribution to your 
discipline, or in other 
words, become a "tool 
maker." It is the 
responsibility of the 
faculty, staff and 
administrators at North 
Carolina A&T State 
University to facilitate this 
transition. 

While studying at this 
university, it is expected 
that graduate students 
will: ( 1 ) acquire special 
competence in one or 
multiple fields of 
knowledge; (2) further 
develop their ability to 
think independently and 
constructively; (3) develop 
and demonstrate the 
ability to collect, organize, 
evaluate, create and report 
facts which will enable 
them to make a scholarly 
contribution to knowledge 
about their discipline; and 
(4) make new applications 



and adaptation of existing 
knowledge, so as to 
contribute to their 
professions and 
humankind. 

At North Carolina A&T 
State University, you will 
find the quality of our 
graduate programs to be 
excellent and the faculty 
superb. The School of 
Graduate Studies has a 
multicultural faculty and 
student body, and beckons 
students from all over the 
world. An equally diverse 
faculty mentors students. 
If you pursue your 
graduate studies at North 
Carolina A&T State 
University, you will join a 
university in the midst of 
an exciting transition that 
entails state-of-the-art 
research, both theoretical 
and applied; excellent 
teaching, and partnerships 
with industry and 
government. As we move 
into the new millennium 
and beyond, the 
University also will 



continue to place 
emphasis on 

strengthening its programs 
in engineering, science, 
technology and the 
humanities. 

Upon admission to 
graduate school, you will 
become part of a 
community of scholars 
devoted to teaching, 
research and service. Our 
hope is that you will 
become members of such 
a community here at 
North Carolina A&T 
State University — one 
that is equally dedicated 
to academic excellence, 
achievement and 
commitment. We 
welcome and look forward 
to your arrival! ■ 




Dr. Thoyd Melton 
Associate Vice Chancellor 
and Dean of Graduate 
Studies 



The Mission of the — ^~- 
School of Graduate Studies 















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1862 Morrill Act establishes the land grant universities. 



The Mission of the 

School of Graduate Studies is to 

foster excellence 

in all facets of the graduate 

enterprise at North Carolina 

A&T State University, including 

the admission of highly qualified 

students, maintenance and 

development of graduate 

programs, enhancement of 

graduate faculty and 

development of the graduate 

enterprise. 










The Graduate Experience- 

Expectations 




The School of Graduate Studies 
is committed to: 

Efficient and effective administration of graduate programs at 

the university level 

Ensuring high standards for the graduate enterprise 

Helping University colleges, schools and departments recruit 

and retain excellent graduate students 

Helping to foster the development of interdisciplinary 

graduate programs 

Increasing the level of financial support for graduate students 



1890 

The Board of Trustees of the A. and M. College in Raleigh, now North Carolina 
State University, made temporary arrangements for Negro students so that the 
college could qualify for funds under the second Morrill Act. 



fhe graduate process is 
often akin to moving 
down a winding river, 
with rock-strewn rapids and 
slow channels - muddy at 
times and clear at others. 
Forging the river's many fast- 
moving currents, snags and 
bends, and making it to the 
other side can he tedious and 
problematic. Can you imagine 
traveling down a river without 
a map, compass, necessary 
supplies, or without any idea 
of the specific character of the 
river? Yet, we often find that 
students entering graduate 
school have given little 
thought to what is expected of 
them from the graduate 
enterprise. 

There are several essential 
transitions that you will have 
to make if your matriculation 
as a graduate student is to be 
successful. The most 
important transition, of 
course, is that from an 
undergraduate student to 
actually being a graduate 
student. To make this 
transition successfully, you 
must understand the 
distinguishing qualities of 



A mentor, by definition, is.. .a trusted counselor or guide, tutor or coach 




undergraduate and graduate 
education. A basic goal of 
undergraduate education is to 
make the student a good "tool 
user." Students at the 
undergraduate level should 
develop skills in the use of 
conceptual tools of their 
specific disciplines - skills that 



Attributes of an effective 
graduate adviser 



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Has compatible interests in subject matter and 
research. 

Is accessible, enthusiastic, and willingly shares 
his or her time and advice. 

Is engaged in active research. 

Is someone you can respect and learn from. 

Is efficient, reviews student work in a timely 
fashion. 

Provides clear expectations, constructive 
feedback, wise counsel and direction. 

Challenges students to think deeply about 
research issues. 

Creates an atmosphere conducive to 
engaging ideas and encouraging students. 

Acts as an advocate for the student. 

Believes in the student's ability, nurtures the 
student's self-image as an emerging scholar in 
the field. 






have been developed and 
refined by others. This means 
that biology students, for 
example, should be 
acquainted with the modern 
tools of molecular biology — 
what they are, and how to use 
them. On the other hand, 
graduate education is 
concerned with the transition 
of students to "tool makers". 
Graduate students are 
expected to be able to 
hypothesize, develop 
strategies to test a hypothesis, 
and analyze data. They are 
expected to add tools to the 
knowledge base of their 
discipline, tools which will 
contribute additional 
observations and explanations 
as well as solve important 
problems. Students therefore 
must understand that this 
transition from a "tool user" 
to a "tool maker" is the 
essential metamorphosis for 
the successful completion of a 
graduate program. 

Another major expectation is 
that students remain focused 
and balance course work and 
research during this 
transition, as they undergo 
graduate training. Engaging in 
research, classes, writing, and 
making presentations are just 



a few of the demands that 
must be met as part of the 
graduate enterprise. 

Finally, upon the completion 
of their graduate programs, 
graduate students must 
produce a scholarly work: the 
thesis, dissertation and/or 
publications. The student is 
transformed into an expert in 
his or her specific discipline. 

One of the most unique 
aspects of the graduate 
experience is the 
apprenticeship alliance formed 
between the faculty adviser or 
mentor and the student. 
Members of the graduate 
faculty are skilled users of their 
disciplines' most advanced 
tools, and it is the faculty 
mentor's responsibility to 
guide the student's training 
during the graduate process. 
Effective faculty advisers will 
make sure that graduate 
students are oriented to the 
graduate culture and to 
laboratory protocols and 
procedures, are provided a 
time frame tor expectations, 
scheduled to participate in 
weekly research meetings, and 
provided the opportunity for 
feedback. 



1 891 North Carolina General Assembly ratified Morrill Act. establishing the "A. and M. College for the Colored Race." 
1 892 Professor John 0. Crosby of Salisbury was elected the first president of the college on May 25. 



Tools of the Trade 



■ Know what is expected: 
if you need help or 
information, ask for it. 

' Map out your plan of study 
and research plans early in 
the process. 

' Be an active participant in 
seminars, colloquia, and 
other important department 
functions. 

' Set up a schedule for 
accomplishing tasks and 
commit to it; be sure to 
include time for family, 
friends and other areas of 
your life. 

Approach your graduate 
program as a challenge, 
not as a chore. 



1894 

The Register, student 
newspaper, first published. 

1896 

Dr. James B. Dudley 
elected the college's 
second president. 

1898 

First degrees conferred 
by the college. 

1915 

Name of the college became 
the Negro Agricultural and 
Technical College of North 
Carolina. 



Graduate students must be 
aware of the time-to-degree 
issues for completion of work, 
such as establishing an 
advisory committee, choosing 
a faculty adviser, taking 
comprehensive examinations, 
submission deadlines for 
manuscripts and drafts of 
theses, setting dates for theses 
defenses, etc. 



Unlike the undergraduate 
experience, the graduate 
experience is a much more 
active process, demanding 
input from the student at 
many levels. Graduate 
training requires that there 
be an open dialogue 
between the faculty adviser 
and the graduate student. 
Successful training of 
graduate students also 
demands strong 
mentoring, access to 
information, ability to 
network, strong 
advocates, and contact 



with fellow students. Your 
active participation in the 
graduate process - and 
knowledge of what is expected 
during the transformation 
from "tool user" to an 
effective "tool maker" - are 



your keys to successfully 
navigating the graduate 
enterprise, and all the 
expectations and 
responsibilities that come 
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Graduate Programs: An Overview 








1925 

Dr. Ferdinand D. Bluford 
elected as third president of 
the college. 

1926 

National Alumni Association 
organized. 

1939 

A&T authorized to grant the 
Master of Science degree in 
education and certain other 
fields. 



he School of Graduate Studies 
at North Carolina Agricultural 
and Technical State 
University was established in 
1939, offering advanced study 
in one discipline, agricultural 
education. Since its inception, 
the School of Graduate 
Studies has expanded to offer 
more than 41 areas of study, 
including: adult education, 
animal science, agricultural 
economics, biology, chemistry, 
computer science, electrical 
engineering, English, food and 
nutrition, industrial and 
systems engineering, 
mechanical engineering, 
natural resources and 
environmental design, physics, 
and social work. Fields of 
study that have produced a 
significant number of 
professionals in North 
Carolina and surrounding 
areas include agricultural 
education, instructional 



technology, elementary 
education, counseling, 
industrial education, industrial 
technology and secondary 
education. 

In more than 50 years of 
service to date, the School of 
Graduate Studies has offered 
the M.S. degree in most fields 
of study. However, 
the M.A. degree is 
offered in the 
specialized field of 
English - African- 
American Literature, 
and the University 
now offers the MSW 
degree in social work. 
A&T also has the 
only accredited 
agricultural and 
biosystems 
engineering program 
of its kind aiming the 
nation's historically 
black colleges and 



universities. The University's 
doctoral programs offer the 
Ph.D. degree in electrical 
engineering, mechanical 
engineering, and industrial and 
systems engineering. Since the 
inception of the University's 
graduate programs, more than 
6,500 students have completed 
advanced degrees at A&T, and 
significant numbers of those 
students have moved on to 
pursue more advanced degrees 
at the most prestigious 
universities in the state, 
nation, and world. North 
Carolina A&T's membership 
in the Council of Graduate 
Schools — the largest national 
association organized 
specifically to advance 
graduate education in the 
United States and abroad - 
places it in the company of 
the finest institutions ot 
higher education in the 
world. ■ 




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Master's Programs 




Available fields of 
study are: 



Agriculture 

The University's diverse graduate programs in agriculture prepare students for careers 
ranging from administration to extension, teaching to research, and agricultural- 
related business to government service. Much of the University's agricultural 
research activity is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and is 
conducted on the University farm and in campus laboratories. Significant research 
areas include agricultural economics, animal science, plant science, landscape 
architecture and design, human nutrition, housing, food science, and animal health. 
The International Trade Center - an education, research and extension center of 
excellence within the School of Agriculture - helps small-scale businesses establish 
international trade, and focuses on agriculturally based businesses. 



• Agricultural Economics 

• Agricultural Education 

• Animal Health Science 



Food and Nutrition 
Plant and Soil Science 



Arts and Sciences 

The University offers a range of fully accredited master's degree programs designed to prepare 
students for doctoral study, or to broaden their base of knowledge for employment in business, 
industry or government. Each program provides ample opportunities for rich academic and 
research experiences. 



Available fields of 
study are: 



• Applied Mathematics 

• Applied Physics 

• Biology 

• Chemistry 

• English — African-American Literature 

• Professional Physics 




Education 

The University's graduate offerings in education encompass a variety of 
programs, all designed to prepare students for a wide array of career 
opportunities in the public and private sectors, including elementary, 
post-secondary and higher education. 

• Adult Education 
Available fields • Biology - Secondary Education 
of study are: • Chemistry - Secondary Education 

• Counselor Education 



• Elementary Education 

• English - Secondary Education 

• Health and Physical Education 

• History - Secondary Education 

• Human Resources 

(Agency Counseling and Business and Industry) 

• Instructional Technology 

• Mathematics - Secondary Education 

• Reading Education (K-12) 



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■ Engineering 

Master's degree programs in engineering prepare students for advanced 
professional practice or for further graduate studies, building on students' 
backgrounds in all phases of the engineering design process: conception, 
planning, synthesis, analysis, design and management. The master's program 
in computer science combines computer science fundamentals with practical 
knowledge and technical excellence in the most advanced technologies. 



Available fields 
of study are: 



• Agricultural and BioSystems Engineering 

• Architectural Engineering 

• Chemical Engineering 

• Civil and Environmental Engineering 

• Computer Science 

• Electrical Engineering 

• Industrial and Systems Engineering 

• Mechanical Engineering 






■ Technology 

Graduate programs in technology emphasize areas including 
technical graphics, industrial technology, machine-tool 
systems, instrumentation, control computers, and automation. 
Program offerings prepare students for a wide range of careers, 
including education, printing/publishing, and positions in 
technology, management, and application engineering. 

• Industrial Technology 

• Industrial Technology with 
telecommunications emphasis 

• Technology Education 

• Vocational Industrial Education 

• Manufacturing Systems 

• Graphic Communications 



Available fields 
of study are: 





■ Interdisciplinary Studies 

The University offers a joint Master of Social Work 
program with the University of North Carolina at 
Greensboro. As part of the program - which models 
multicultural collaboration - students and faculty 
teach and study at each campus, and have access to 
the full range of instructional and research support 
available at both universities. The program is built 
on a professional advanced generalist curriculum 
model, and is designed to provide students with a 
theoretical and applied education in social work that 
promotes an understanding and appreciation of 
cultural diversity. 



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Doctoral Programs 




The University's Ph.D. programs in the fields of Electrical 
Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and 
Mechanical Engineering are designed to: 

• foster research for the benefit of both the University 
and graduate students. 



• foster industrial development in the state and region. 

Areas of specialization for the Ph.D. program in Electrical 
Engineering include: Communication and Signal Processing, 
Computer Engineering, Electronic and Optical Material Devices, 
and Power Systems and Control. 



enrich the undergraduate program as a result of 
student interaction with high-quality engineering 
faculty concerned with graduate study and research. 

provide a graduate-level engineering resource base to 
support engineering activities in local and regional 
industry and government. 




1941 Woodland E.Hall 
became first graduate to receive 
the Master of Science degree. 

1953 

The School of Nursing was 
created. 




Areas of specialization for the Ph.D. program in Industrial and 
Systems Engineering include: Human-Machine Systems 
Engineering (HMSE), Management Systems Engineering (MSE), 
Production Systems Engineering (PSE), and Operations 
Research and Systems Analysis (ORSA). 



Interinstitutional Opportunities 



The Piedmont Independent College Association 

The Piedmont Independent College Association of North Carolina is an 
organization comprised of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State 
University, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, High Point 
University, Greensboro College, Bennett College, Guilford College, and 
Guilford Technical Community College. The organization promotes 
interinstitutional cooperation and cooperative educational activities among the 
seven institutions. Any student enrolled in one of the organization's member 
institutions may enroll at another institution for a course or courses not offered 
on the student's home campus. 



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Research fc 

Research Centers 




1956 

Dr. Warmoth T. Gibbs 
elected as the college's 
fourth president. 



1959 

A&T College accredited 
by the Southern 
Association of Colleges 
and Schools. 



orth Carolina A&T State 
University's leadership and 
excellence in research and 
development has earned the 
University a nationa 
reputation for innovation, 
scholarship and puhlic service. 
Now ranked fourth among the 
UNC System's 16 universities 
in the production of sponsored 
research, A&T is ranked 
among the top five historically 
black colleges and universities 
in total federal obligations for 
research and development in 
science and engineering. The 



projects 

valued at nearly 
$108 million. 

A&T is the first and only 
historically black university in 
the country to receive a 
NASA-funded Mars Space 
Research Center, and has 
received more than $25 
million in NASA funding in 
the past seven years. The 



University's $9.5-million 
Fort Interdisciplinary 
Research Center, named for 
A&T Chancellor Emeritus 
Edward B. Fort in 1998, is the 
only interdisciplinary research 
center in North Carolina. 
A&T also is recognized as a 
leader in technology 



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North Carolina A&T is highly 
ranked among the top 1 00 
degree-producing institutions 
in U.S. African-American 
Degrees Conferred 



Baccalaureate 


NCA&T 


Rank 




Engineering 


1st 


All Disciplines 


3rd 


Business 


4th 


Comp & Info Science 


10th 


Health Professions 


11th 


Biology 


13th 


Education 


13th 


English 


17th 


Communications 


23rd 


Physical Sciences 


39th 


Master's 


NCA&T 




Rank 


Engineering 


2nd 


Comp & Info Science 


3rd 


Education 


14th 


All Disciplines 


24th 




Fort Interdisciplinary Research Center 

education: the University has 
one of only two schools of 
technology in North Carolina 
and recently opened the new 
$8-million Smith School of 
Technology building. 



to establish a Science and 
Technology Center. The NSF 
Science and Technology 
Center for Environmentally 
Responsible Carbon Dioxide 
Processes is to be the leading 



facility in the world dedicated 
to discovering environmentally 
friendly processes for industry. 
The NSF grant is the largest 
research grant ever received by 
the UNC System. ■ 




In July 1999, the University 
took yet another step into the 
forefront of internationally 
recognized research and 
development. A&T - with 
partner institutions UNC- 
Chapel Hill, NC State 
University and the University 
of Texas at Austin - was 
named a co-recipient of an 
$18-million grant from the 
National Science Foundation 







Samuel C. and Angeline D. Smith School of Technology Building 



1960 

Four freshmen students of A&T College - Ezell Blair, Jr. 
(now Jibreel Khazan), Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, and David 
Richmond - initiated the lunch counter sit-in demonstrations on February 1. 
Dr. Samuel D. Proctor was elected the college's fifth president. 



©1990 by Otis L. Hairston, Jr. 



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Major Centers and Institutes 



Center for Advanced Materials 
and Smart Structures 

The Center is an educational and research resource for North 
Carolina and the nation in the field of advanced ceramic 
materials and their composites. It operates as a collaborative 
effort among academe, private industry and the government in 
developing basic and applied research programs focused on 
integrating research and education. Basic research in advanced 
ceramics, advanced composites, electronic ceramic devices, 
sensors and smart structures and III-V nitrides, ohmic contracts 
and devices drives the Center's activities. 




A&T Composite Nozzle Technology Transfer Collaborative Team, with prototype 
rocket nozzle, developed by A&T and Atlantic Research Corporation 



Center of Aerospace Research 

The Center's primary mission is to conduct high-quality research 
in aeronautics and astronautics. It performs critical research to 
support the development of NASA's High Speed Civil Transport 
programs, and the improvement of the agency's Single and Two 
State to Orbit missions. Ongoing research efforts are designed to 
support NASA's exploration of space and long-term human 



1964 

Dr. Lewis C. Dowdy elected as sixth 
president of the college. 



presence in space, as well as its investigations into enhancing life 
on Earth. The Center's core research themes are aerospace 
structures, controls and guidance; computational fluid dynamics, 
propulsion, and human-machine engineering. Center researchers 
are actively developing capabilities in space station design and 
management, and microgravity materials research. 

Center for Autonomous Control Engineering 

The Center conducts interdisciplinary research in programs for 
the application of: fuzzy logic-controlled power electronic 
building block systems in HVAC systems; nonlinear active 
control of dynamic systems; artificial potential field-based motion 
planning/navigation in two- and three-dimensional dynamic 
environments, and other relevant topics. Its areas of 
concentration are soft computing, multi-agent systems, general 
artificial intelligence, control theory, generic algorithms, and 
energy conservation and power electronics. 

Center for Composite Materials Research 

Research with polymeric-based composite materials began at the 
University in 1976, and the Center was established in 1988. Its 
major facilities are: the Computational Laboratory, Mechanical 
Testing Laboratory, Diagnostic Laboratory, and Composite 
Processing and Fabrication Laboratory. Research activities 
include: 

• processing and fabrication of simple to complex composite 
components 

• use of textile fiber architectures in the fabrication of non- 
trivial lightweight composite components 

• testing and characterization of composite materials 

• analysis of composite structural components 

• development of innovative processing techniques with textile 
fabrics 

Center for Electronics Manufacturing 

The Center's goal is to strengthen the manufacturing, service 
and research arm of the electronics manufacturing industry in 
the areas of productivity, quality, and timeliness in delivering 
products and services. Specifically, the Center focuses on: 

• the need to reduce time to service or market 

• the need to access leading manufacturing technologies while 
reducing investments 



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• the need to focus on core competencies 

• the need to improve inventory management and 
purchasing power 

Center for Energy Research and Technology 

The Center's mission is to enhance undetgraduate and graduate 
education through energy-related research, and to transfer that 
new knowledge to regional and national industries. Its objective 
is to improve economic competitiveness while reducing the 
environmental impact that results from excessive energy 
consumption. The Center's research focuses on energy use and 
energy efficiency in buildings and industrial processes, as they 
relate to technological, economic, political and environmental 
issues. 




communication technology integration, and health care and 
manufacturing applications. 



Center for Environmental Remediation and Pollution 
Prevention 

The Center's primary mission is to promote research in science 
and technology leading to new and improved remediation 
techniques, with the goal of addressing difficult environmental 
problems facing North Carolina and the nation. The Center also 
is designed to develop environmentally safe processes and new 
pollution prevention techniques. 

Institute for Human-Machine Studies 

The field of human-machine system engineering emphasizes how 
users interact with machines, how usable machines are to users, 
and the impact of machines on user performance. The Institute 
is a comprehensive multidisciplinary program of basic and 
applied scientific research and technology development, directed 
toward understanding the nature of human performance while 
interacting with complex, technology-driven systems. Its focuses 
are: cognitive engineering and human-system interface sciences, 
aviation and transportation human factors, information and 



1967 

Diamond Anniversary. A&T designated a Regional University - 
the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. 

1969 

The School of Engineering accredited by the Engineers' Council 
for Professional Development. 



International Trade Center 

Stimulating economic development and international trade is 
the Center's primary mission. Its educational activities are 
largely directed toward teaching students, providing research and 
related materials to small businesses, and providing technical 
assistance and information to the agricultural business 
community. Program emphases include: 

• developing educational programs to enable farmers and 
processors to produce a broader range of products 

• enhancing understanding of the linkages among national 
economies, world markets and agriculture 

• conducting market-based research to understand factors that 
influence competitiveness 

• developing programs in North Carolina's rural communities to 
enhance entrepreneurial skills, create jobs and diversify their 
economies 

Rockwell Solid State Electronics Laboratory 

The Laboratory provides a vertically-integrated laboratory 
environment for performing materials and device research, 
primarily in the area of compound semiconductors. 

Transportation Institute 

The Institute's mission is to coordinate and manage 
interdisciplinary research, training, and technology transfer 
activities involving faculty, staff and students from various 
departments within the University. It functions as a national 
and regional center for research and training, and as an 
information clearinghouse. The Institute's activities include: 
soliciting extramural funding, coordinating faculty development 
and student enrichment programs, facilitating technology 



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A&T in the 




In September 1999, A&T received a pledge of $3 
million from the Ford Motor Company Fund to support 
key educational initiatives and student resource 
facilities. The funding, to be contributed to the 
University over a five-year period, represents the 
largest corporate gift ever received by A&T. The $3 
million contribution will support the University's 
Fitness and Wellness Center and 40 scholarships for 
students in various fields of study. The funds will also 
be used to equip laboratories in the College of 
Technology, to provide equipment for the Ford 
Automotive Engineering Lab, and to assist other 
campus programs. 

In October 1999, A&T received a $2.1 million Title 
III Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) 
Grant from the U.S. Department of Education to 
develop and enhance academic programs and 
support systems. 

The National Science Foundation awarded $2.4 
million to NC State University and A&T in fall 1999 to 
fund the North Carolina Minority Graduate Education 
Partnership through August 2004. 

A&T is one of six historically minority universities 
selected to receive a 1999 NASA Partnership Award 
to conduct education and research projects with 
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, 
Alabama. The Partnership Awards are grants of up to 
$100,000 for up to two years. 

Dr. Thoyd Melton, Associate Vice Chancellor and 
Graduate Dean, was named the 1999 William A. 
Hinton Research Training Award recipient. The 
Hinton award, presented by the American Society of 
Microbiology, honors an individual who has made 
significant contributions toward fostering the research 
training of underrepresented minorities in microbiology 

In 1994, the A&T Space Shuttle Program sent two 
research projects into space aboard the space shuttle 
Endeavor 



1 970 The School of Business and Economics was created by Trustee Board Action. 
1 971 The School of Nursing was accredited by the National League for Nursing. 
1 972 A&T became a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina. 



transfer, providing technical assistance and public service, and 
coordinating other transportation-related programs. 

Waste Management Institute 

The Institute is an interdisciplinary program designed to 
enhance awareness and understanding of waste management 
problems in our society, and to enhance 
instruction, research and outreach aimed 
at improving the quality of life and 
protecting the environment. The 
Institute's goals are to increase the 
number of professionals in 
environmental and waste management, 
enhance interdisciplinary research, increase 
public awareness, and facilitate cooperative and exchange 
programs among students, faculty, government and industry. 




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1 



{AX^i l^CX^ in teaching 




Dr. Nancy Glenz, instructing students 
in the School of Technology, is among 
North Carolina A&T's many 
distinguished and dedicated faculty. 



1978 

The Graduate School 
was approved as a 
member of the national 
Council of Graduate 
Schools. 

1979 

Dr. Ronald E. McNair, 
1971 A&T graduate, 
was selected for 
the U.S. astronaut 
program. 



The North Carolina A&T 
faculty's enthusiastic interest 
in teaching and in the 
intellectual development 
of students is a key factor 
in the high quality of 
instruction at the University, 
playing a significant role in 
the University's intellectual 
vitality and its production of 
outstanding students. An 
important measure of the 
standard of excellence set by 
A&T faculty, then, is the 
caliber — and achievements 
— of the University's students 
and alumni. 



In 1998, A&T was ranked the 
nation's No. 1 producer of 
minorities with degrees in 
science, mathematics, 
engineering and technology. 
A&T also is one of the largest 
producers of certified public 
accountants among HBCUs, 
and has the first nationally 
accredited accounting program 
in the country among such 
universities. 

The University's faculty 
distinguish themselves locally, 
regionally, nationally and 
internationally through their 
scholarship, research, 
impressive records of 
publication, and public 
service. More than ninety-five 



percent of full-time, tenured 
A&T faculty have doctorate 
degrees, furthering the 
University's goal of 
stimulating academic growth 
for students and the overall 
intellectual climate at A&T. 

A&T's active and dedicated 
scholars travel around the 
world to present their work 
and engage in research. They 
are recognized by their peers 
and by prestigious national 
and international 
organizations, academies and 
societies for their 
contributions to their fields of 
inquiry. ■ 



H 



mong North Carolina A&T's many distinguished scholars, 
two faculty members have received the UNC Board of 
Governors' Award for Excellence in Teaching in the 
1990s, thus distinguishing themselves as University 
Distinguished Teachers: 

Dr. Kofi Obeng of the School of Business was named 
UPS Distinguished Professor of Transportation in 1995. 

Dr. Nancy Glenz, associate professor, School of 
Technology, was honored as a University Distinguished 
Teacher in 1997. 

In 1999, Dr. Kenneth Roberts, assistant professor in 
the College of Engineering, was one of four UNC 
System professors to receive the Outstanding Faculty 
Mentor Award from the National Science Foundation 
Alliances for Minority Participation /North Carolina. 



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A Cutting-Edge Learning Environment 




orth Carolina A&T 
has more than 100 years 
of experience opening 
doors for students who might 
otherwise have been closed 
out. With that rich history, it 
is only fitting that the 
University is among the 
vanguard of the nation's 
institutions of higher learning 
in using the Internet and 
distance education to advance 
the pursuit of graduate and 
undergraduate education. 

University faculty use cutting- 
edge technology in the 
classroom in myriad ways and 
forms. Faculty instructional 
technology resources include: 

• A multifunctional 
electronic meeting room 

established by A&T and the 
Department of the Army 
Research Lab, and used tor 
faculty and staff training 
sessions and electronic 
meetings. Group Systems, an 
electronic meeting software 
tool, is a related resource 
which supports group processes 
such as brainstorming, list 




creation and consensus 
building. The Group Systems 
software is designed to be used 
interactively by a group of 
people working at separate 
work stations. 

Electronic meetings and 
associated technologies have 
proven to be effective 
resources for research proposal 
development, research 
collaboration, and enhancing 
classroom activities, such as 
student presentations, thesis 
and project reviews, and 
lecture feedback and 
questions. 

• Web-enhanced courses 

Growing numbers of faculty 
members are using the Web as 
a resource for supplementary 
classroom materials, including 



course syllabi, homework 
assignments and other 
electronic resources. 

• Resources to aid 
student learning 

Among these are CBT 
Systems, online tutorials 
available to support students 
with learning basic software 
applications, and CyberExam, 
a Web-based testing and 
assessment tool. Students also 
have access to state-of-the-art 
computer labs, and new 
classrooms are being designed 
with connectivity available to 
support laptop computers. 

• Videoconferencing 

The University's 
teleconference team supports 
the teaching and learning 
process by connecting 



students, faculty, and 
researchers with various 
videoconferencing tools. 

• Symposium — Audio 
conferencing/collaboration 
via the Internet 

This tool enables faculty to 
create virtual learning 
communities, and supports 
services for students such as 
virtual office hours, research 
assistance, and follow-up 
tutorials for special topics. ■ 




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A Tradition of Excellence 



North Carolina A&T is proud of its 35,000-plus notable alumni, 
many of whom occupy leadership positions across the world. 
Among them are: 



Dr. Ronald E. McNair, physicist 
and late U.S. astronaut. Received 
Ph.D. from MIT, 1976. 



Dr. Joe Dudley, business owner 
and CEO, Dudley Products, Inc., 
Greensboro, North Carolina 



Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., 

former candidate for President of 

the United States 

Retired U.S. Army Major General 
Charles D. Bussey 

U.S. Army Brigadier General Clara 
Adams-Ender, first female 
commander, Fort Belvoir, Virginia 



North Carolina State 
Representative Alma Adams 

Ralph K. Shelton, 

business owner and former 
Chairman of the Greensboro Area 
Chamber of Commerce 



Henry E. Frye, North Carolina 
Chief Supreme Court Justice 

Edolphus Towns, U.S. 
Congressman 
representing New York 




Henry E. Frye, a 1953 A&T 
graduate, was sworn in as 
North Carolina's first 
African-American Chief 
Supreme Court Justice in 
September 1999. 



1980 

The University became an 
affiliate of the N.C. 
Microelectronics Center. 

Dr. Cleon Thompson 
named as interim 
chancellor of the 
University on November 1 

1982 

Dr. Edward B. Fort 
inaugurated as the eighth 
chancellor of 
A&T State University. 



Now in its second century, North Carolina A&T continues to build upon its tradition of producing graduates 
who stand ready to make significant contributions to the worlds of business and industry, government and 
public service, academia and research. A&T alumni are highly sought: The University's 1999 Career 
Awareness Program attracted more than 200 representatives from Fortune 500 companies, federal and 
state agencies, and other employers, as well as recruiters from some of the nation's most noted graduate 
schools. Among the corporations, agencies and universities represented were: 



*3M 

"Arthur Andersen LLP 

"Bechtel Corporation 

"Central Intelligence Agency 

"Dell Computer Corp. 

*Dow Chemical 

*DuPont 

'Eastman Kodak 

*Eli Lilly and Company 

*Ford Motor Company 

'General Electric Co. 



"Glaxo Wellcome Inc. 

"Hallmark Cards, Inc. 

"Hewlett Packard 

"IBM 

"Lockheed Martin 

"Motorola 

"Nortel Networks 

"Parke-Davis 

"Procter & Gamble 

"SAS Institute Inc. 

"The Boeing Company 



"U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency 
"Union Carbide 
"Cornell University 
"Duke University 
"Purdue University 
"Rensselaer Polytechnic 
Institute 

"UNC-Chapel Hill 
"University of Illinois at 
Urbana-Champaign 
"University of Maryland 
"University of Michigan 



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Academic Resources 




Ferdinand Douglass 
Bluford Library 

The new University Library, 
occupied in June 1991, retains 
the name of the old Bluford 
library named for the third 
President of the institution. 
The four-level building 
contains 153,428 square feet 
and ultimately will house more 
than 600,000 volumes. 

Current holdings include more 
than 450,000 bound 
volumes and 3,988 serial 
subscriptions. Additionally, as 
a select depository in North 
Carolina for United States 
government documents, the 
library contains a collection of 
over 253,000 official 



government publications. 
Other holdings include a 
superior collection in 
videotapes, microfilms and 
other audiovisuals. The library 
maintains special collections 
in Archives and Black Studies, 
and a Chemistry Collection, 
located in the Chemistry 
Department in Hines Hall on 
the campus. 

Special services are provided 
through a formal and informal 
library use instructional 
program, computerized 
literature searching, document 
delivery, interlibrary loans, 
and public access 
photocopiers. During the 
academic year, the library is 



open 106 hours each week. 
Variations in this schedule are 
posted at the front entrance of 
the library. For hours of 
operation or more information, 
visit the library's Web site at 
www.library.ncat.edu/info/. 

Learning Resources 
Center 

The Learning Resources 
Center, located on the lower 
level of the Bluford Library, 
provides a wide variety of 
resources designed to support 
the instructional program, the 
methods practicum courses and 
the children's and young adult 
literature courses offered in the 
School of Education. Open 
seven days a week, the LRC 



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Dr. Ronald E. McNair 




1984 

Dr. Ronald McNair, 
AST graduate, 
circled the earth in the 
space shuttle 
Challenger. 



provides assistance and 
instruction in the use of 
learning and informational 
resources that support all 
University programs. The 
following subject areas are 
included: language 
arts, foreign language, 
literature, agriculture, 
business, music, sciences, 
health, mathematics, reading, 
social studies, technology, 
computer education, 
vocational education, and 
basic reference materials. 
For hours of operation or 
more information, call (336) 
334-7753. 

Center for Student 
Success 

The Center for Student 
Success provides tutorial 



assistance, group or individual 
counseling, audio- and 
computer-assisted instruction, 
and an environment that 
promotes intensive study to 
aid students in improving 
their reading, writing and 
computational skills. The 
Center, located in 312 Hodgin 
Hall, is open to all enrolled 
students. Telephone: (336) 
334-7855 or 7838. 

Educational Support 
Centers 

The University's educational 
support centers include: an 
Audiovisual Center, the 
Closed Circuit Television 
Facility; WNAA, a student- 
operated educational radio 
station, the Reading Center, 
Language Laboratory, and the 



Center for Manpower 
Research and Training. 

Division of Research 

The Division of Research was 
established to promote 
research at the University by 
encouraging and assisting 
faculty in developing 
proposals for research projects 
and educational programs. 
The office operates a 
grantsmanship library, which 
houses the most up-to-date 
directories, program 
brochures, guidelines, 
manuals, application forms, 
and other materials useful in 
seeking funds for projects. 




Center for Student Success 



1986 

A&T received a grant of 
$2.25 million from the 
U.S. Office of Naval 
Research for composite 
materials research. 

1987 

The School of 
Technology was 
established. 




Information Technology 
Center 

Through the University's 
Computing and Information 
Technology division (CIT), 
computing facilities are 
available to University faculty, 
staff, and students for the 
development of curriculum 
programs, administrative 
systems, assistance in research, 
and tutorial services. 

CIT provides numerous 
services including: 
administration data processing 
of student, personnel, and 
facilities data, which entails 
system design, system 
development, system 
implementation, and support 
of academic instruction and 
research computing for the 
educational community; and 
implementation of educational 
software systems. 



CIT maintains an application 
system library with the 
necessary documentation of all 
available software packages 
and computer instructional 
material available to faculty 
and students. Available to the 
University community are ten 
computer laboratories 
equipped with online terminal 
devices and microcomputers 
providing instant response to 
the users in program 



development. Hard copy and 
printers also are available. 

Consultation services are 
available upon request 
through CIT, as well as 
Network support. 

For more information, visit 
the University's Computing 
and Information Technology 
Web site at 
http://www.ncat.edu/~cit/ 




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Applying for Admission to the School of Graduate Studies 



Prospective students may apply to the School of Graduate 
Studies at any time during the year. To assure prompt action, 
however, the application must be received at least one month 
before the student plans to matriculate. 



Application Deadlines 

Fall- July 1 

Spring - November 1 

Summer - April 1 



Students applying for the doctoral programs in electrical 
engineering, industrial and systems engineering, and mechanical 
engineering must submit their applications for the fall semester 
by April 15 and for the spring semester by October 15. Early 
application is encouraged, particularly if one wishes to be 
considered for an assistantship. 




1988 

The University was funded by NASA to operate a Mars 
Mission Research Project, and to establish and operate 
a $3.6 million Space Technology Development and 
Utilization Program. 



Admission to Master's Degree Programs 

Applicants to master's degree programs must have earned a 
bachelor's degree from a four-year college. Application forms 
must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies Office with 
two official transcripts of previous undergraduate and graduate 
studies. 

Applicants may be admitted to graduate studies unconditionally, 
provisionally, or as special students. Applicants are admitted 
without discrimination based upon race, color, creed, or gender. 

Unconditional Admission 

To qualify for unconditional admission to a master's degree 
program for graduate study, an applicant must have earned an 
overall average of 2.6 on a 4 point system (or 1.6 on a 3 point 
system) in his or her undergraduate studies. Some programs 
require a 3.0 grade point average on a 4-0 scale; therefore, 
applicants should check appropriate sections of the Graduate 
Catalog for the minimum grade point average required. For more 
information about unconditional admission requirements, see the 
Graduate Catalog, or visit the Graduate School Web site at 
http://www.ncat.edu/~gradsch 



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Admission to Doctoral Programs 

Applicants to doctoral programs in 

electrical engineering, industrial and 

systems engineering, and mechanical 

engineering must submit completed 

application forms with two official 

transcripts of previous undergraduate 

and graduate studies. Other 

admission criteria are outlined in 

the Graduate Catalog and on 

the Graduate School Web site. 



Provisional or Special Status 

An applicant may be admitted to a 

master's degree program for graduate 

study on a provisional basis, or to 

take courses as a non-degree seeking 

student. For more information, see the 

Graduate Catalog, or check out the 

Web: http://www.ncat.edu/~gradsch 



1989 

A&T received $2.5 million from the 
National Science Foundation to 
conduct telecommunication 
research. 



Preparing the 
Admissions Packet 

A How'To Guide for Preparing a 
Competitive Application 

The Application Form 

1. Type your application. 

2. Statement of Goals and Objectives always must he typed. 

3. Answer all questions. Ethnicity questions, however, are 
usually optional and generally requested for reporting 
purposes. 

4. Do not disregard the application fee — your application 
will not he considered complete without it. Complete 
applications include a complete application form, two 
official transcripts of all prior academic work, three letters of 
recommendation or reference forms, appropriate 
standardized test scores, a statement of residence, and the 
non-refundable application fee of $35. Application forms 
may he obtained from the School of Graduate Studies, 122 
Gibbs Hall, North Carolina A&T State University, 
Greensboro, NC 2741 1 or downloaded from the Web at: 
www.ncat.edu/~gradsch/Applicatitin.httnl. 

5. Official transcripts are required. Submit transcripts of all 
schools attended since high school. International students: 
Official transcripts and certified English translation (when 
not in English) are required. It the degree received is not 
listed on the transcript, send certified copies of diplomas or 
degree certificates in addition to transcripts. 



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STANDARDIZED 
TESTING TIPS 



Statement of Goals and Objectives/ 
Personal Statement 

1. Read questions and respond appropriately. 

2. Do not try to write a generic personal statement - the one- 
statement-fits-all-institutions type. Schools may be looking for 
different things. 

3. Be specific about goals and academic interests; explain why 
you have applied to a specific program. 

4. Show that you know school and program strengths - make 
specific references. 

5. Do not use word-processed statements in which you forget to 
change key variables, or photocopied, generic statements. 

6. Do not forget to check for spelling and grammar. 

7. Do not be obsessively defensive about your shortcomings. 

8. Do not include your life history. 

9. Do not write more than is necessary to fully answer the 
question. Schools usually want 1-3 pages. 

10. Ask others to review your statement before mailing the 
application. Remember that schools are reviewing your writing 
and grammatical skills. 



GRE 

• The GRE includes a General Test, required by 
some departments, and a Subject Test, which 
may not be required. Check with departments 
for specific requirements. 

• Registration forms and information about the 
registration process can be found in the GRE 
Information and Registration Bulletin, available 
in the School of Graduate Studies Office, or by 
contacting: GRE-ETS, P.O. Box 6000, 
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000. Telephone: (609) 
771-7670. Web site: http://www.gre.org. 

• Computer-Based Testing for the General Test 
is offered year-round at locations across the 
nation, and provides immediate knowledge of 
scores. Students should plan to take the GRE at 
least one semester before applying to graduate 
school. 

TOEFL 

• International applicants who are graduates of 
institutions of higher education located in non- 
English speaking countries are required to take 
the TOEFL, designed to evaluate the English 
proficiency of non-native speakers. 

• The computer-based test is given in individual 
testing stations containing computers and 
headphones. Registration forms and information 
about the registration process can be found in 
the TOEFL Computer-Based Testing Booklet, 
available in the School of Graduate Studies 
Office, or by contacting: TOEFL Services, 
Educational Testing Services, P.O. Box 6151, 
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151 USA. Telephone: 1- 
609-771-7100. E-Mail: toefl@ets.org. Web site: 
http://www.ets.org. 



Letters of Recommendation 

When to ask: 

Request letters early, so that your recommenders will have time 

to focus on you and your strengths. 

Keep in mind that they will be writing letters for many students. 

Whom to ask: 

Choose your recommenders carefully: Ask professors or 
colleagues who know you and/or your academic work well, and 
can make insightful comments. Your goal is to get STRONG 
letters of recommendations. 

Definition of a "good" letter 

Always remember that your application is being reviewed by 
academics who are trying to determine your ability to 
successfully complete graduate study. Therefore, letters from 
faculty who can evaluate your ability to complete graduate study, 
based on your previous academic performance, are best. 



Waiving your right to see the letters: 

Be aware of confidentiality policies. Some institutions require 
that you waive your right to see letters of recommendation. 

Follow-up: 

Follow up! Do not assume that the institution has your letters of 
recommendation. Send your recommenders a thank-you card 
and let them know the results of your application process. 



Interviews 

1. Find out if an interview is required. 

2. Prepare in advance by researching the school and the 
department. 

3. Review the research interests of faculty with whom you wish 
to work. 



How to ask: 

Make an appointment when possible to discuss your goals and 
school selection with recommenders. Your letters of 
recommendation are to supplement and enhance your 
application: the more specific your recommenders can be about 
you and your academic qualifications, the better they are able to 
write strong letters of recommendation. Provide a copy of your 
statement of purpose, transcript, and resume, along with 
recommendation forms and stamped, addressed envelopes. 









1990 

A&T selected as the lead 
institution in a $5.5 million 
research contract from 
NASA. 



4. Carefully think through your goals and career 
objectives. 

5. Be prepared to ask questions. 




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Golden Rules for 
Graduate Applications 

• Apply! Apply! Apply! 

• Contact graduate coordinators for specific 

information on graduate programs. 

• Read the application packet carefully. 

• Make a checklist. 

• Set a timeline. 

• Understand the evaluation process. 

Talk to students presently in graduate school. 

• Have someone check over the application. 

• Type the application. 

• Mail your application early. 




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Financing Graduate Education 






T 






1991 

Dedication of 
the F.D. Bluford 
Library. A&T 
celebrated its 
Centennial 
Year. 



uition and fees, room and 
board, books, supplies, 
transportation, personal 
expenses - all must be 
financed by the graduate 
student's budget. It comes as 
no surprise, then, that most 
students need help in meeting 
the numerous costs of 
graduate education. Sources of 
support for graduate study 
include state and federal 
government, private 
foundations, individual 
universities and faculty 
members, and research grants. 
Types of support available 
include grants, fellowships and 
scholarships, loans and 
work-study programs. Grants, 
fellowships and scholarships 
may provide the cost of 
tuition and fees, plus a stipend 
to cover living expenses. 
Other forms of aid, such as 
the federal work-study 
program, require students to 



provide some type of service 
while enrolled in a graduate 
program. Loans generally are 
based on an assessment of 
need and must be repaid. 

Eligibility 
Requirements 

Institutional grants and 
scholarships typically are 
awarded to full-time students. 
Full-time enrollment is 
defined as 9 credits for 
graduate students; graduate 
students must carry more than 
four credit hours in graduate- 
level courses in order to 
receive a loan. Graduate 
students who are taking 
undergraduate courses are 
ineligible for a loan. 

Eligibility for federal aid is 
based on financial need, as 
determined by the Free 
Application for Federal 
Student Aid (FAFSA). In 



order to receive funds 
administered by the Office of 
Student Financial Aid at 
North Carolina A&T, you 
must meet certain enrollment, 
citizenship and financial need 
guidelines. 

For more information, visit 
the federal Financial Aid for 
Students' home page at 
http://www.ed.gov/offices/ 
OSFAP/Students/ or call the 
toll-free help line at 
1-800-433-3243. 

Financial Assistance 
at North Carolina A&T 

University financial assistance 
generally is awarded on a 
competitive basis, and 
includes: graduate 
assistantships, research 
assistantships, teaching 
assistantships and minority 
presence scholarships. 
Stipends or award amounts 



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WOODLAND 
ELLROY HALL 
ASSISTANTSHIPS 

The Hall Assistantships are 
designed to facilitate the 
recruitment of highly qualified 
graduate students to master's 
and doctoral programs at North 
Carolina A&T. The Hall 
Assistantship program provides 
stipends of up to $5,000 for 
master's students and up to 
$10,000 for Ph.D. students for 
the academic year. 

Students nominated for the 
assistantships must be U.S. 
citizens enrolled full-time as 
new students pursuing master's 
or doctoral degrees at A&T, and 
must be in good academic 
standing (3.3 GPA or better, 
with acceptable GRE scores) to 
be eligible, and must be 
registered in each semester in 
which the appointment is in 
effect. A letter of nomination 
from the department 
chairperson and a completed 
Assistantship Nomination Form 
must be sent to the Dean of 
Graduate Studies. Selection 
criteria include the student's 
academic record, creativity, 
educational and economic 
background, educational 
interests, exceptional personal 
talents, and unique work or 
service experience. 



vary with the type of 
assistance. Graduate 
assistantships can range from 
$2,000 to $10,000 a year. 
Research assistantships may be 
awarded in amounts beyond 
that range, and some special 
fellowships award as much as 
$15,000 per year. 

Tuition Assistance 

Full Payment of 
In-State Tuition 
(Tuition Award) 

The resident tuition award 
offers full tuition support for 
in-state graduate students 
serving as University- 
supported graduate assistants 
or fellows. This award applies 
only to tuition, not fees, and 
is based on the number of 
hours a student is enrolled 
during the semester in which 
the award is given. All 
students must pay required 
fees unless the source of the 
stipend provides funds 
specifically earmarked to pay 
the student's fees, and all 
students selected must receive 
a minimum of $1,000 in 
departmental support per 
semester. The in-state tuition 
remission award is available 
for the fall and spring 
semesters only; summer 
sessions are not covered. 
Recipients may be eligible tor 
renewal awards by 



FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE BASICS 

• Grants, such as the Federal Pell Grant, Federal 
SEOG, or the North Carolina State Tuition Grant, 
are free assistance that do not need to be repaid. 

• Federal Work-Study gives you an opportunity to 
work and earn money for school. Students work no 
more than 10-15 hours per week and are paid 
monthly. 

• Loans , such as the federal Stafford loans, are low- 
interest and must be repaid after you complete 
school. 



maintaining an overall GPA 
of 3.0 or above. 

Extent of Support 

• For Master's Students - 4 
Semesters 

• For Doctoral Students - 6 
Semesters 

Full Payment of 
Out-of-State Tuition 
(Tuition Remission) 

Eligible out-of-state students 
may receive a tuition 
remission award that reduces 
their tuition to the in-state 
tuition. Additionally, out-of- 
state students may receive 
funding to cover the in-state 
portion of their tuition as 
well. These two funding 
sources, used in combination, 
provide full tuition tor 
graduate students serving as 
University-supported graduate 



assistants. This award applies 
only to tuition, not fees. All 
students selected must receive 
a minimum of $2,000 in 
departmental support. Non- 
resident students must receive 
an out-of-state tuition 
remission to be eligible for, 
and to retain tuition remission 
for an in-state award. As with 
in-state tuition remission 
awards, the out-of-state tuition 
remission award is available for 
the fall and spring semesters 
only; summer sessions are not 
covered. Recipients may be 
eligible for renewal awards by 
maintaining an overall GPA of 
3.0 or above. 

Extent of Support 

• For Master's Students - 4 
Semesters 

•For Doctoral Students - 6 
Semesters 



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Fellowship 
Opportunities 



Loans, fellowships, 
assistantships, 
and other awards 

Graduate students may apply 
for loans, such as federal 
subsidized and unsubsidized 
Stafford loans. Qualified 
graduate students pursuing 
master's or doctoral degrees 
also may apply for fellowships, 
assistantships and other 



awards offered through 
individual University 
departments and the School of 
Graduate Studies. 

Additionally, qualified 
students are encouraged to 
seek out and apply for 
national and regional 
fellowships, scholarships, and 
other aid - major sources of 



North 
Carolina A&T 

Graduate 
Assistantship 

Guidelines 



Types 

Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA) 
Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) 
Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) 



Eligibility 

All graduate assistants must be fully admitted to a graduate 
program, devoting full-time study toward a degree. To be 
considered for an assistantship, a student must not hold 
non-degree, special or probationary status at the University. 
Additionally, candidates for graduate assistantships must: 

• register for a specific number of hours during the academic 
year, as prescribed by their academic departments 

• maintain a 3.0 GPA 

• satisfy other requirements specified by the employing 
department 

• sign a Personal Service Agreement or contract as a condition 
of employment 









1992 

Authorization gained for Ph.D. program planning in 
Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. A&T 
designated as an $8 million NASA Center of 
Excellence. 



Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships for Minorities: 

Available to U.S. citizens who are members of selected minority 

groups; intended for students who plan to work toward the Ph.D. 

degree, and who are at or near the beginning of graduate study. 

Application deadline: early Nov. 

Contact: Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellowships, The Fellowship 

Office, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Ave., 

Washington, DC 20418. 

Telephone: 202-334-2872 

Web site: http://fellowships.nas.edu 



Graduate Education for Minorities (GEM) Ph.D. Program in 

Science: Awards fellowships for graduate study in science or 

engineering at participating institutions. 

Application deadline: Dec. 1. 

Contact: GEM Ph.D. Science Program, Box 537, Notre Dame, 

Indiana 46556. Telephone: 219-631-7771 

e-mail: gem.l@nd.edu: Web site: http://www.nd.edu/~gem. 



National Science Foundation (NSF) 

Graduate Fellowships and Minority Graduate Fellowships: 

Available to college seniors, first-year graduate students and 

others at or near the beginning of graduate study. 

Application deadlines: Nov./Dec. 

Contact: NSF/GRFP, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, P.O. Box 

3010, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-3010. 

E-mail: nsfgrfp@orau.gov: telephone: 423-241-4300 

Web site: http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov 



National Physical Science Consortium Fellowships Program for 

Minorities and Women: Awards fellowships for graduate study at 

a participating NPSC institution. 

Application deadline: Nov. 5. 

Contact: NPSC; c/o New Mexico State University; O'Loughlin 

House; University Avenue, Box 30001; Dept. 3 NPS, 

Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001. Telephone: 800-952-4118 

Web site: http://www.nmsu.edu/~npsc. 



National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship 
Program (NDSEG) of the Department of Defense: Applicants 
must be U.S. citizens or nationals, at or near the beginning of 
graduate study for doctoral degrees in science or engineering. 
Application deadline: Jan. 

Contact: Dr. George Outterson, NDSEG Fellowship Program, 200 
Park Drive, Suite 211, P.O. Box 13444, Research Triangle Park, 
NC 27709-3444. Telephone: 919-549-8505 
E-mail: ndseg@aro-emhl. army/mil 
Web site: http://www.battelle.org/ndseg. 



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to 



■ When completed, mail the 
application in the enclosed 
addressed envelope 
provided by the Federal 
Student Aid Programs. 

• You must use your and/or 
your parents' annual tax 
information (i.e. ,1998 tax 
information for a 1999-2000 
application). 

• You may submit the 
FAFSA on the Web - 
www.fafsa.ed.gov — or mail 
the form to the processor. 

If you fill out the online 
FAFSA, you must complete 
and mail the signature page 
to the processor. 

• The University will receive 
the FAFSA electronically, 
provided that the North 
Carolina A&T State 
University school code 
(002905) is listed in 
Section G. 

• The University's priority 
deadline is March 15. 
However, students who 
miss this deadline are still 
encouraged to submit the 
FAFSA by mail or online. 

• Help in completing the 
FAFSA is only a click away. 
Go online to: 

www.ed.gov/prog_ info/SFA/ 
FAFSA 



outside funding that provide 
generous support for 
graduate study. See the 
Fellowship Opportunities 
box on page 3 1 for ideas on 
where to start. 

Students applying for loans 
or federal work-study 
through the Student 
Financial Aid Office should 
understand that fellowships, 
grants and out-of-state 
tuition waivers are 
considered financial aid, and 
that receiving them may 
affect eligibility for other aid. 
For more information about 
graduate aid, contact the 
School of Graduate Studies 
or specific departments. ■ 



The Application 
Review Process 

The application and all supporting documentation 
should be sent to the School of Graduate Studies. 

Completed applications are forwarded to 
appropriate departments for review and 
recommendation. 

Departments make recommendations to the Dean 
of Graduate Studies concerning admission status. 

The School of Graduate Studies Office finalizes 
the admissions process. 



OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION 

ON FINANCING 

GRADUATE EDUCATION: 

• Books on fellowships 

• Computer databases, such as: 
www.ed./gov/prog_info/SFA/Student Guide 
(U.S. Dept. of Education Financial Aid Student Guide. 
1999-2000) 

www.ed.gov/offices/OPE/express.html 
(FAFSA Express) 

• Graduate School recruiters, recruiting fairs and forums 

• Academic advisers 



1993 

A&T authorized to offer Ph.D. degrees in 
Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. 

1994 

A&T enrolled its first Ph.D. students in 
Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. A&T's 
Student Space Shuttle Program sent two 
research projects into space aboard the space 
shuttle Endeavor. 



Departments to which you are applying 



Financial Aid Office and Research Support Offices 



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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about A&T Admissions 



Q. Can I apply to more than one department? 

A. The University does not offer dual majors. However, you may choose to list one department as your first choice for 
admission, and a second department as your second choice. If you are not accepted for admission to the department 
you selected as your first choice, your application will be forwarded to the second department. 

Q. Can I apply for either spring or fall admission? 

A. Yes. Application deadlines are July 1 for fall admission and November 1 for spring admission. 

Q. What if I want to start in the summer? 

A. You may begin graduate study at the University in the summer if accepted for admission before the first summer 
session begins. If not, you may apply to summer school; your department then will decide if summer credit may be 
applied to your graduate program. 

Q. I may have some documents sent to North Carolina A&T State University before I submit my application. 
What will happen to them? 

A. Any documents submitted before your application is received will be filed in a pending file for one year until your 
application arrives. 

Q. If I do not have all the documents ready at the same time, can I send them separately? 

A. We strongly encourage you to submit all documents at the same time to ensure the timely processing of your 
application. 

Q. Do my application and all supporting credentials have to be in by the deadline date or can they be postmarked 
by that date? 

A. The application and supporting materials must be received in the School of Graduate Studies Office by the 
deadline date. 

Q. If I am admitted and cannot attend, can I enroll at a later date? 

A. Yes. You may defer your enrollment at the University by submitting your request for deferral in writing to the 
School of Graduate Studies. Your letter must indicate the semester you plan to enroll. 

Q. If I am not admitted, can I be reconsidered for another term? 

A. If you are not admitted, you must submit additional information in support of your application in order for it to be 
re-evaluated. That information may include transcripts indicating additional courses you have taken, new GRE scores, 
or information about any additional experiences that may strengthen your application. 

Q. How do I apply for a North Carolina Class "G" Licensure? 

A. Licensure is not automatic. Students must apply for licensure upon completion of the program of study and Praxis 
exam. The application should be filed in the School of Graduate Studies Office, 122 Gibbs Hall, and a $55 
application fee is required by the N.C. State Department of Public Instruction. 



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Q. How do I apply for financial aid? 

A. See the guidelines for financing graduate education on relevant pages of this Bulletin. For further information, call 
the Office of Financial Aid at (336) 334-7973. 

Q. How do I verify my status as a state resident? 

A. Residence classification for tuition purposes is set forth by law in North Carolina as follows: 
To qualify as a resident for tuition purposes, a person must have established legal residence (domicile) in North 
Carolina and maintained that legal residence for at least 12 months immediately prior to his or her classification as a 
resident for tuition purposes. The controlling North Carolina statute also sets forth statutory definitions, rules and 
special provisions for detetmining resident status for tuition purposes. These provisions include special rules regarding 
persons who are married or who are within identified subclasses of minors. Under the statute, Indochina refugees may 
qualify for special considerations; certain other aliens also may qualify for resident tuition status. University 
regulations concerning the classification of students by residence, for purposes of applicable tuition differentials, are 
set forth in detail in A Manual to Assist the Public Higher Education Institutions of North Carolina in the Matter of 
Student Residence Classification fot Tuition Purposes. Each student is responsible for knowing the contents of that 
manual, which is the controlling administrative statement of policy on this subject. Copies of the manual are 
available on request in the Office of Admissions at A 6k T State University for the purpose of student inspection. 



Q. Do I have to take the GRE? 

A. Check with your department of interest for specific 
requirements. 

Q. Do I have to submit a TOEFL score? 
A. Applicants whose primary language is not English 
must submit TOEFL scores of 550 or better on the paper- 
based test, or 213 or better on the computer-based test. 

Q. What if I have additional questions? 

A. Questions not answered here may be directed to our 
e-mail address at gradsch@ncat.edu, or answered by 
phone at (336) 334-7920, or 334-7921. 




1995 

School of Technology 
received $2.3 million grant 
for Center for Electronics 
Manufacturing. 




Establishing N.C. Resident Status 

Under N.C. law, legal residence means more than simply 
living in the state. To be classified as an in-state student for 
tuition purposes, one must maintain a domicile — or 
permanent home of infinite duration — for a minimum of 12 
months immediately prior to enrollment. 

Individuals seeking to become N.C residents also must: 

• Perform certain residentiary acts, such as 
getting a driver's license 
registering a motor vehicle 
registering to vote 
filing an N.C. income tax return at the appropriate time 

• Clearly demonstrate that they are financially independent of 
parents or guardians (if the parents or guardians are non-N.C. 
residents), and demonstrate a visible means of support. 

For more information about establishing N.C. residency, visit 
the Graduate School Web Site: 
http://www.ncat.edu/~gradsch 



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As a graduate student, the 
classroom, the lab and the 
library are destined to become 
the environments that define 
your campus life. Yet, graduate 
students are also members of 
the larger A&T community, and 
a number of University 
organizations and activities 
offer unique opportunities to 
participate in and contribute to 
the campus culture. They 
include: 

• Academic and departmental 
organizations, such as the 
Graduate Student Association, 
the Graduate Engineering 
Student Alliance (GESA), and 
the organization for graduate 
students in social work. 

• Special interest groups 

■ Clubs and civic organizations 

• Campus ministries 



1996 

A&T received $3.5 million 
from the U.S. Air Force 
Office to establish a FAST 
CENTER for 
environmental waste, 
remediation, fate and 
transport of hazardous 
materials. 



The University provides a 
number of services of interest 
and assistance to graduate 
students: 

The Office of University 
Housing and Residential 

Life is a resource for graduate 
students seeking living 
accommodations both on and 
off campus. On campus, the 
University maintains eleven 
residence halls for women and 
three for men. Space for 
graduate students is limited, 
thus a request for dormitory 
housing accommodation 
should be directed to the 
Dean of Students at least sixty 
days before the expected date 
of registration. For more 
information, call (336) 334- 
7708. Online apartment 
locating services, such as 
www.ncapts@greensboro. 
com, www.reloinfo.com, and 
www.apartmentbluebook.com, 
can be good starting-point 
resources for information on 
off-campus housing. 

Parking Services: All 

faculty, staff, resident and 
commuter students are eligible 
to house vehicles on campus 
and to park in designated 
areas. At the start of each 
semester, all vehicles owned 
and/or operated on campus by 
faculty, staff and students are 
registered as an integral part 



of the University's academic 
registration. 

Parking permits are 
available in the Parking 
Services Office, 1308 Salem 
Street, between 7:30 a.m. and 
5 p.m. weekdays. For more 
information, call 
(336) 334-7980. 

University Dining 

Services include the 
University Dining Hall, where 
students who reside on 
campus are required to have 
meals; the Commons, located 
in the F. A. Williams 



Cafeteria, and the Snack Bar 
in the Student Union. 

The Sebastian Student 
Health Center is located on 

Nocho Street on West 
Campus. The center, open 
seven days a week, offers 
services for emergency 
treatment and limited 
consultation with staff 
physicians for acute 
conditions. Students pay a 
small fee for the use of those 
services. For hours of 
operation and more 
information, call (336) 
334-7880. 




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The University 

Bookstore is located in 
Brown Hall, at the corner of 
Bluford and Laurel Streets. 
Bookstore hours are 8 a.m. to 
5 p.m. weekdays. 

Recreation: Students, 

faculty and staff have the 
opportunity to use the 
facilities of the Corbett and 
Moore Gymnasiums, athletic 
fields and all other 
recreational facilities of the 
University. Organized 
recreational opportunities 
including swimming, tennis, 
basketball, skating, volleyball, 
and dancing are sponsored 
through the Intramural 
Activities Office. A small fee 
may be required for some 
activities. For more 
information, call the 
Memorial Union at (336) 
334-7571. 



The Memorial Union is a 

45,000 square-foot facility 
located on the North Campus 
of the University. This 
building serves as the 
headquarters for several 
campus operations, including: 
the Student Government 
Association, the Student 
Union Advisory Board, the 
Office of Student Activities, 
the Commuter Student 
Center, the Aggie Escort 
Service, the 
Campus/Community 
Volunteer Connections, and 
the Campus Information 
Center. Additionally, the 
Memorial Union offers several 
meeting rooms, lounges, a 
banquet/ballroom, 
conference/guest quarters, 
ATM banking services, a 
beauty salon, a barber shop, a 
Sweet Shoppe, a snack 
bar/restaurant, and a games 
room area (with billiards, ping 
pong, videos and bowling). 



Through the Student Union 
Advisory Board, the Memorial 
Union offers a variety of 
campus programming, 
including: an annual movie 
series, lectures, forums, games, 
tournaments, plays, concerts, 
festivals, coffeehouses, socials, 
balls, and numerous 
opportunities for student 
leadership training. 

The Office of Career 

Services, in 101 Murphy 
Hall, provides a wide range of 
programs, services and 
resources designed to aid 
students in early career 
explorations, and also offers 
career assistance to University 
alumni. Some of the services 
offered by the OCS may be 
accessed via the Internet, and 
therefore provide students 
with continuous and 
worldwide access. This system 
allows students and alumni 
access to online registration 



and interview scheduling 
(with immediate 
confirmation), along with 
opportunities to research 
companies and view current 
employment opportunities. 
The University's Career 
Awareness Program, one of the 
largest in North Carolina, 
attracts hundreds of Fortune 
500 corporate managers, 
federal and state agency 
personnel and public school 
district recruiters. 

The office in 101 Murphy Hall 
provides six computer 
terminals from which students 
can register, update their 
resumes and request 
interviews; computer 
laboratories are also available 
campus-wide. For more 
information, visit Career 
Services on the Web at 
www.career serv.ncat.edu, or 
call (336) 334-7755. 




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North Carolina A&T ranks 
near top of national 
magazine survey as one of 
the nation's best colleges 
for African-Americans. 

The top 10 colleges for 
African Americans are: 

1 . Spelman College 
Atlanta, GA 

2. Morehouse College 
Atlanta, GA 

3. Florida A&M University 
Tallahassee, FL 

4. Clark Atlanta University 
Atlanta, GA 

5. Howard University 
Washington, DC 

6. Xavier University 
New Orleans 

7. Hampton University 
Hampton, VA 

8. Tuskegee University 
Tuskegee, AL 

9. North Carolina A&T 
State University 
Greensboro, NC 

10. Stanford University 
Palo Alto, CA 



1997 

A&T received $5 million 
from the National 
Science Foundation to 
establish a Center for 
Advanced Materials and 
Smart Structure. 



The Office of Minority 

Affairs was created in order 
to assist minority (non 
African-American) students 
at the University in the 
development and 
accomplishment of their 
educational goals. Housed in 
the Counseling Services 
Office, Minority Student 
Affairs is open from 8:00 a.m. 
to 5:00 p.m. weekdays and is 
staffed by a 

Coordinator/Counselor. 
Minority students make up 
approximately 12% of the 
student population at North 
Carolina A&T; there are 
currently about 850 such 
students enrolled at the 
University. 



Under the Board of Governors' 
General Minority Presence 
Grant Program, non African- 
American students may be 
eligible for special financial 
assistance if they are residents 
of North Carolina, enrolled for 
at least three hours of degree- 
credit work, and demonstrate 
financial need. 

The Office of Disability 
Support Services, in Suite 

005, Murphy Hall, ensures 
ready access to all academic 
programs, services and 
activities to any person with a 
disability matriculating at the 
University. The office handles 
all information and services for 
persons with disabilities. For 
more information, call (336) 
334-7765. 



Counseling Services, 

located in 108 Murphy Hall, 
offers individual and group 
personal counseling, academic 
and career counseling, 
graduate school information, a 
graduate student internship 
training laboratory, and 
administration of the 
Graduate Record 
Examinations, National 
Teacher Examination, 
Graduate Management 
Admission Test, Veterinary 
College Admissions Test and 
other similar examinations. 
Telephone: (336) 334-7727. ■ 



• 



The Visual and Performing Arts at A&T 




1998 

A&T granted its first 
Ph.D. degrees in 
Electrical and Mechanical 
Engineering. A&T granted 
its first Master's Degree 
in Physics. A&T ranked 
the No.1 producer of 
minorities with degrees in 
science, mathematics, 
engineering and 
technology. 



The Mattye Reed African 
Heritage Center 

The University's Mattye Reed 
African Heritage Center has 
one of the nation's largest 
collections of recognized 
African and Caribbean 
artifacts, valued at more than 
$4 million. 

A&T's Richard B. 
Harrison Players 

The University's Richard B. 
Harrison Players, a nationally 
acclaimed theater company, 
recently received another 
mark of distinction: The 
company won first place in 
the Kennedy 

Center/American College 
Theater Festival, and 
performed at the Washington, 



DC, center in April 1999. The 
A&T company's production of 
"David Richmond" - a play 
inspired by the life of one of 
four A&.T freshman who 
started the national sit-in 
movement - was deemed the 
best of 80 full-length plays 
performed at regional festivals 
around the nation. The first- 
place award was the second 
such honor for the Harrison 
Players, who also were winners 
in the 1983 Kennedy 
Center/American College 
Theater Festival competition. 

Lyceum Series 

The University's Lyceum 
Series is designed to introduce 
students to professional artists 
and speakers through 



workshops, lectures and 
professional theatrical 
productions. ■ 




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A&T and the Larger Community 



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ince its inception as a land- 
grant university in 1891, 
North Carolina A&T has 
advanced a rich tradition of 
leadership and achievement 
year after year. From its 
academic heritage to the 
spirited expression of its 
school pride, A&T inspires as 
it celebrates the value of the 
attainment of knowledge, and 
the worth of applying that 
knowledge. 

The University's contributions 
to its surrounding community, 
the entire Greensboro- 
Piedmont Triad area and the 



state are many, and the great 
impact of A&T's various 
outreach programs and 
services can be seen from the 
region's farms to its inner-city 
neighborhoods, from its 
schools to its businesses and 
industries. For example, A&T 
specialists working through 
the University's local 
cooperative extension offices 
directly reach more than 
24,000 local farmers every 
month. Programs such as the 
University's Community 
Economic and Skills 
Development Project serve 
low-income communities. 



One of many examples of the 
University's diverse 
educational outreach is the 
Summer Institute for the 
Advancement of Gender 
Equity in High Technology 
Programs. The program, 
offered by the School of 
Technology, encourages girls 
in grades 10-12 to consider 
careers in technology. And 
the University's work with the 
East Market Street 
Development Corporation is 
just one of the myriad ways in 
which it seeks to improve the 
Greensboro area's economic 
landscape. 



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As a land-grant institution 

with a history of cooperative 

extension service programs, 

North Carolina A&.T has a 

long tradition of combining 

service to communities 

across the state with 

exceptional research and 

development programs. 




1999 

Dr. James C. Renick 
elected as the ninth 
chancellor of North 
Carolina A&T State 
University. 




Encompassing over 188 acres 
at the center of North 
Carolina's Piedmont, the 
A&T campus is just nine 
blocks from downtown 
Greensboro. Well-known for 
its quality of life, the 
Greensboro-Piedmont Triad 
area is characterized by a mix 
of industry with schools and 
universities, contributing to its 
economic and cultural 
diversity. The area is an 
intellectual center, with a total 
of seven colleges within close 



range - all offering a vast array 
of programs in the arts and 
current affairs, as well as 
lectures, athletic, cultural and 
social activities. 

The city of Greensboro 
attracts major sporting events 
and entertainment to the 
Greensboro Coliseum. The 
region's Piedmont Triad 
International Airport, plus 
two interstate highways, 
facilitate easy access from all 
directions. 



Additionally, Greensboro's 
centralized location - in the 
heart of the North Carolina 
Piedmont - is ideally situated 
for visits to both the state's 
majestic mountains and 
pristine beaches. 

For more information on 
Greensboro and the Triad 
area, go online to http: 
//\v ww.greensboronc.org/ 
visitor.html 



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